Community Grants Hub – Inclusive Communities Grants and Community Resilience Grants : Spotlight Call to Action

8, August, 2017

Community Grants Hub

The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open competitive process to deliver services under Families and Communities Program /Strong and Resilient Communities from 1 April 2018 to 30 June 2021 for the following two grant rounds:

  1. Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities Grants
  2. Strong and Resilient Communities – Community Resilience Grants

Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities Grants aim to increase the social and economic participation of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and families within their communities and enhance their life‑time wellbeing and sense of community belonging.

Strong and Resilient Communities – Community Resilience Grants aim to build strong, resilient and cohesive communities to help make Australia more secure and harmonious as a whole.  This will be done through providing grants designed to address issues in communities that show potential for or early signs of low social cohesion, and/or racial, religious or cultural intolerance.

Applications for both grant rounds close at 2pm AEST Wednesday 23 August  2017
Further information about eligibility and how to apply are available on GrantConnect and the Community Grants Hub websites.

Information via: Community Grants Hub

Community Grants Hub – Disability Employment Services Registration of Interest now open: Spotlight Call to Action

8, August, 2017

Community Grants Hub

The Australian Government is inviting organisations to register their interest to deliver Disability Employment Services (DES) from 1 July 2018.
Stage one open date: 2 August 2017
Closing date and time: 2:00pm AEST Tuesday 29 August 2017

The Grant Application process for DES will be undertaken through two-stages. The first stage involves all organisations who wish to deliver DES from 1 July 2018 to register their interest through an unrestricted Registration of Interest process.

This process is open for four weeks. The second stage will comprise Invitations to Treat (ITT) and invitations to apply. Only those organisations who registered through the Registration of Interest process will be eligible to receive one or more ITTs and/or invitations to apply to join the panel of DES providers.

ITTs will be offered to existing DES providers to continue delivering a service, under the new Grant Agreement from 1 July 2018, in an Employment Services Area (ESA) where the DES provider has:

  • an existing contract that is rated as performing at 3-Stars or above in the June 2017 Star Ratings
  • received new or additional business through the 2016-17 DES Business Reallocation process, or
  • received new or additional business as a result of a gap-filling arrangement in 2017.

Registered organisations that elect to apply through the Grant Application process will be subject to an assessment conducted by the Community Grants Hub within DSS. Applicants will be asked to provide organisational level details on their governance and strategies and proposed specialisations. They will also need to demonstrate past performance in either the disability or employment services.
Stage one includes an unrestricted Registration of Interest for ALL organisations wishing to provide DES services post 1 July 2018. This includes organisations that are likely to be offered an ITT in Stage 2.

Registration of Interest
This is an unrestricted stage and will collect the organisational details of all interested parties. Organisations will still need to nominate their preferences and submit their registration of interest form by the relevant authorised officer of that organisation.

As part of the Registration of Interest process, all registrants will be required to:

  • indicate the ESA(s) they intend to apply for
  • and for each ESA:
    • indicate the DES services (DES-DMS and/or DES-ESS) they wish to deliver/ continue delivering
    • identify if it will be a specialist or generalist service.

Stage 2 will be a restricted Grant application process that will invite organisations that have registered their interest in Stage 1.

Grants will be undertaken in accordance with the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines (CGRGs)

Further information about eligibility and how to register are available on Community Grants Hub
and the GrantConnect  websites.

Please note: Information including question and answers may be amended over the course of the Registration of Interest period. It is important to check for any changes on the Community Grants Hub or alternatively register with GrantConnect to receive regular alerts.

Information via: Community Grants Hub

Invitation to Attend West Moreton MH and AOD Dual Diagnosis Working Group: Spotlight Call to Action

15, July, 2017

15 June 2017

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Drug ARM would like to invite community organisations and businesses to a meeting of the West Moreton Mental Health (MH) and Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Dual Diagnosis Working Group.

Dual Diagnosis is used to describe someone with two or more disorders or problems, one of which is a mental health problem and one of which relates to the use of alcohol and/or other drugs. WMO have started working on a coordinated response for assisting individuals affected specifically by Dual Diagnosis related issues.  It can often be a difficult task to assist individuals facing this issue and it has also been found that in some instances, in-home community services are refused due to the associated risks.

Please join our Working Group, which creates a forum for regional specific findings to be discussed, solutions found and actions taken as a collective.

For contact details, and meeting dates, location and times, please see the invitation (opens in Word).

*Posted on behalf of Drug ARM.

 

LGBTI Alliance Consultation – Mental Health Consumer and Carer Engagement in Australia: Spotlight Call to Action

11, July, 2017

11 June 2017

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  • Do you have a lived experience of mental health issues and/or suicidality? (It might be you and/or a family member or friend.)
  • Would you like to help inform future mental health policy, practice, and research priorities?
  • Would you like to ensure that the voices of LGBTIQA+ people are represented in this important consultation from the National Mental Health Commission?

 

About this consultation: The National Mental Health Commission (the Commission) is developing an overview of mental health consumer and carer engagement and participation in Australia. They seek to better understand what is important to people with lived experience of mental health issues, their families, friends and supporters in regards to engagement and participation.

See full details about this consultation. 

The National LGBTI Health Alliance is developing a submission for this consultation and we invite you to contribute your voices and wisdom. Please take a moment to complete the brief Alliance survey below. The survey may take about 20 minutes to complete and all responses are confidential and anonymous.

Complete the Alliance Survey Now

*Information sourced from the National LGBTI Health Alliance.

Call for Abstracts for newparadigm Journal: Spotlight Call to Action

8, July, 2017

11 June 2017

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The newparadigm Journal Editorial Group is calling for abstracts for the Spring/Summer edition of the journal to be released November 2017.

The edition will explore leading edge sector and consumer led research as it is applied to mental health and cross sector approaches to practice.

We welcome contributions from new and established researchers and practitioners, and encourage diverse approaches to practice through research.

The newparadigm journal, published in partnership with Community Mental Health Australia and the peak community mental health organisations across Australia, exists to encourage discussion and information sharing on material relevant to mental health such as innovative service programs, evolving practice approaches, as well as new research and contemporary thinking and evaluation of existing policy and service provision.

Abstract Submission and Review Timeline

Submissions should be in abstract form (no full articles are required at this stage) and be no longer than 500 words.

Submissions are due July 28th 2017.

Authors will be contacted with final determination about submissions by August 4th 2017.

If accepted, final articles will be due for editing with the Journal’s editorial group by October 31st 2017.

The newparadigm Contributor Guidelines (opens in Word) describe how to prepare articles for inclusion in the journal. We recommend you read this in full if you have not previously provided a contribution to newparadigm. We also recommend that, before submission, you familiarise yourself with newparadigm’s style and content by reading the journal online.

 

Nominate Now for the 2017 National Disability Awards: Spotlight Call to Action

8, July, 2017

11 June 2017

Do you know an individual, organisation or project making a difference to the lives of people with disability in Queensland?

A nomination in this year’s National Disability Awards is a great way to honour and recognise those who work tirelessly to reduce social discrimination and uphold the human rights of people with disability.

The 2017 Categories

Lesley Hall Leadership Award – recognises excellence in development of reform opportunities that improve the lives of people with disability.

Employer of the Year Award – recognises excellence in workforce diversity by providing sustainable employment opportunities for people with disability.

Community Excellence Award – recognises excellence in improving access and participation in Australian life for people with disability.

Excellence in Innovation Award – recognises excellence in innovation in services, places, communities or accessible technologies to improve the lives of people with disability.

Excellence in Education and Training Award – recognises excellence in inclusive education or vocational training that delivers improved economic and social outcomes for people with disability.

How can you nominate?

 You can submit a nomination online, by email or post. Check out www.idpwd.com.au to find out more.

Nominations close at 11:59pm AEST on 6 August 2017.  Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Canberra on 3 December 2017.

Announcing Engage and Participate in Mental Health: A National Mental Health Commission Project: Spotlight Call to Action

28, June, 2017

28 June 2017

The National Mental Health Commission is conducting an overview of mental health consumer and carer engagement and participation in Australia.

Consumers, carers, families, support people and other stakeholders are invited to share your knowledge and experience through this consultation.

There are many ways in which you can be involved. Survey closes on 27th July 2017.

Workforce Council: Invitation to Participate in Queensland Community Services Workforce Census: Spotlight Call to Action

28, June, 2017

28 June 2017

The Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) is excited to announce the commencement of a ground-breaking project in 2017 – Our first Queensland Community Services Workforce Census.

This is an important opportunity to build an accurate picture of the community services workforce in Queensland and the Workforce Council would like to invite you to participate.

To register your interest in participating and to receive project updates please click here to complete the form here .

Call for Abstracts for newparadigm Journal: Spotlight CMHA

23, June, 2017

23 June 2017

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The newparadigm Journal Editorial Group is calling for abstracts for the Spring/Summer edition which will explore sector and consumer led research into leading edge mental health and cross sector approaches to practice.

We welcome contributions from new and established researchers and practitioners, and encourage diverse approaches to practice through research.

The newparadigm journal, published in partnership with Community Mental Health Australia and the peak community mental health organisations across Australia, exists to encourage discussion and information sharing on material relevant to mental health such as innovative service programs, evolving practice approaches, as well as new research and contemporary thinking and evaluation of existing policy and service provision.

Abstract Submission and Review Timeline

Submissions should be in abstract form (no full articles are required at this stage) and be no longer than 500 words.

Submissions are due July 28th 2017. Authors will be contacted with final determination about submissions by August 4th 2017.

If accepted, final articles will be due for editing with the Journal’s editorial group by October 31st 2017.

The newparadigm Contributor Guidelines describe how to prepare articles for inclusion in the journal. We recommend you read this in full if you have not previously provided a contribution to newparadigm. We also recommend that, before submission, you familiarise yourself with newparadigm’s style and content by reading the journal online.

 

Productivity Commission Releases Position Paper on NDIS Costs: Spotlight NDIS

14, June, 2017

14 June 2017

On Tuesday 14 June, the Productivity Commission (the Commission) released its position paper on National Disability Insurance Scheme Costs. The Commission invites written submissions in response to its position paper. Further information on how to provide a submission is included on the study website.

The final report will be prepared after further submissions have been received. To view the position paper and participate by making a submission on the position paper, visit the Productivity Commission’s webpage on the study.

Submissions on the position paper are due by Wednesday 12 July 2017.